The pond has been beckoning us since it warmed up. The temptation to get in the water has been great. Too much for four children who can barely doggie paddle: solution: build a raft or something to get on the water without needing to swim. Hence, we’ve been building boats the past week . . . . well, Little Man’s been building, the rest of us just help out with the chopping, dragging, heaving, and cheering.
First came The Barnacle, which was a wooden pallet, topside boarded up. It rocked, it tipped, it was unsteady, it got pulled ashore and awaits becoming part of a pallet picnic table 🙂 Next came The Jet Wind, which Little Man made by first fashioning a wooden ladder from extra lumber from our cabin project last year. He tied on empty 5 gallon buckets (with lids on) between the front and back rungs, then added horizontal bars front and back, and a seat in the middle. And off they went, turn by turn since it only holds one, with a stick paddle.
Yesterday we gathered deadfall birch and pine logs, which we hatcheted down to approximately 8 feet lengths. About 10 were laid out on top of 2 logs, and tied together with lots of rope woven through the logs in a criss cross pattern. Then 2 more logs were laid on top, and tied onto the 2 logs directly below them. It was done by evening and Little Man rowed off on The Mighty Barnacle into the middle of the pond; he wanted it tethered as the waters he rowed out into were in the *deep* as opposed to where the bucket boat was being paddled and he stated he wanted to row not learn how to swim in a hurry! Today was cooler so we pulled it back out and it got a bit too sloshy on board, so he’s thinking of ways in which to get it to float better 🙂
“Knowledge that is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.”